FRISCO, Texas (June 11, 2020) – The Frisco RoughRiders announced today that the team has been granted a temporary expansion team in the Texas Collegiate League (TCL), the state’s first major collegiate summer wood bat league. The collegiate team will take the field as the Frisco RoughRiders during the 2020
FRISCO, Texas (June 11, 2020) *– The *Frisco RoughRiders announced today that the team has been granted a temporary expansion team in the Texas Collegiate League (TCL), the state’s first major collegiate summer wood bat league. The collegiate team will take the field as the Frisco RoughRiders during the 2020 campaign.
The Texas Collegiate League has expanded to 10 teams for the 2020 season and will feature a 30-game regular season schedule that runs from June 30 until August 2. The RoughRiders will play 15 home games at Dr Pepper Ballpark, with the home opener scheduled for Friday, July 3. *The Riders full TCL schedule is set to be announced on *Monday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.
Fans will be able to attend all 15 of the collegiate RoughRiders home games this summer. Dr Pepper Ballpark will be opened at a limited capacity and fans will be required to follow recommended CDC guidelines and practice social distancing while in attendance. Tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 15 at RidersBaseball.com.
The Frisco RoughRiders Minor League season is indefinitely delayed as we wait for clarification from Major League Baseball on the status of the 2020 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) season. RoughRiders officials will make accommodations to host both MiLB and Texas Collegiate League games, if an agreement is reached to begin the MiLB season prior to the conclusion of the TCL season.
“We’re excited to host the Texas Collegiate League at Dr Pepper Ballpark this summer,” said Andy Milovich, RoughRiders President & General Manager. “The pandemic has taken an enormous toll on families, businesses and the sports-entertainment industry throughout North Texas and the country. Giving baseball fans and families the chance to come together and see the top college baseball players in the country is great for the entire community.”
The Texas Collegiate league was formed in 2004 and is comprised of 10 teams located in Texas and neighboring states for the 2020 campaign. The league’s four existing members: Acadiana Cane Cutters, Brazos Valley Bombers (reigning TCL champion), Texarkana Twins, and Victoria Generals will be joined by five Minor League Baseball franchises this season – Amarillo (AA Affiliate – San Diego Padres) who will be fielding 2 teams, Frisco (AA Affiliate – Texas Rangers), Round Rock (AAA Affiliate – Houston Astros), San Antonio (AAA – Milwaukee Brewers), and Tulsa (AA Affiliate – Los Angeles Dodgers). Since the TCL was established, more than 500 alumni have been drafted by a Major League Baseball team. For more information regarding the Texas Collegiate League, visit TexasCollegiateLeague.com.
Rosters for each team in the Texas Collegiate League will be made up of active collegiate players. These athletes are considered amateur athletes and are not considered employees of MLB clubs. Rosters are limited to 35 active players. The RoughRiders full roster and coaching staff will be announced at a later date.
For schedule and ticket information, visit RidersBaseball.com or call (972) 731-9200.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 15 seasons (2005-2019). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world’s largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest’s prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 160 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including current Rangers players Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Jennifer Johnson at [email protected].